From the President, Bob McKinney

I want to start off by thanking Jan Was and her committee and everyone else who helped with the Organ Concert.  It was a joy to listen to and we had about 90 people from several area churches in attendance.  Also, the fellowship afterwards was again top notch thanks to Nancy Walters and her crew.  We have so many dedicated people in our church and it is great to watch them put things together.

Again, I will mention our information highway between you and your church.  If for any reason you feel you are not getting information involving your church, please check with the secretary, myself, or any Council member and we will check it out for you.

Someone in our congregation mentioned to me that we have not updated our time and talent survey for some time.  I did some checking and we have not updated this information for almost 10 years.  So I think it is time to have our congregation fill out new surveys.  I have revised the form because many of the questions are not really pertinent any longer and it was so long you had to take a nap before finishing it.  I will be passing them out in church sometime over the next few weeks and I ask you to please complete the forms and return them to the church office.  You can put them in the offering tray or in the box on the ledge under the bulletin board.  And you know me, I will be hounding you over the next few weeks to complete these forms.

My next comments concern missing church members.  Now that I have your attention, what I mean by this is members who attend on a regular basis but for some reason have not been in church for 3 weeks or more.  Now there can be many reasons for this that can be normal.  But we would like to follow through with a contact to check up on our members.  Is everything OK, have you been sick, has something upset you at church?  I think sometimes we wait too long to reach out and then it can be difficult to bring them back in.  What I am going to do is put a form in the clipboards at the end of each pew.  If you notice that someone has not been in church for a while and don’t know the reason or think that the person should be contacted, please fill out the form and we will make a contact.  Arlene Barkan and her committee will handle the contacts.  If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know.

One final comment on our Shared Ministry with St. Paul.  Because of decisions made at our Annual Meeting, we will no longer be involved in any way with consolidation talks with our sister church, St. Paul.  But I would hope that there are ways we can work together with our youth groups to make a stronger viable program for both churches and countywide with other Lutheran churches.  These types of programs can only make our church stronger and viable.